No. 22 Sun Devils Open Conference Play with Win Over No. 24 Oregon State

Tempe, Arizona- The No. 22 Arizona State Sun Devils (20-5) defeated the No. 24 Oregon State Beavers (22-5) in a top-25 game to open conference play at Farrington Stadium. In the 5-3 game, a win, designated hitter, Jazmyn Rollin scored a Grand Slam in the first run as a freshman Mac Morgan pitched a full game with three strikeouts and 11 rushing Friday night.

Morgan didn’t allow any walks on the night and took his team-leading tenth win of the season.

Rollin’s grand slam is his seventh homer of the season and increases his slugging percentage to .750. Sun Devil’s keen eyes were also at work today as they completed a season-high eight steps.

How did it happen

ASU 5, OSU 3

  • Junior Alynah got us started with a single into center field. With two out in the inning Jazmine Hill market and Emilie Cazares chosen to load the bases for the Sun Devils. Next to the bat Jazmyn Rollin hit a grand slam on the second pitch she saw. The Sun Devils led 4-0 at the start of the second inning.

  • The second set was scoreless for both teams. The 4-0 lead followed the Sun Devils into third.

  • With a runner down second, a Beaver batter singled to center to put OSU on the board, making it 4-1 Sun Devils.

  • To start the third year Cydney Sander began to draw a walk. Two other walks designed by Rollin and Hall Harger charged for the Sun Devils with two outs in the inning. Seeker jessica puk also drew a walk by bringing one up and putting ASU up 5-1, which is how the inning ended.

  • Neither team scored in the fourth inning and the Sun Devil’s 5-1 lead went into the fifth.

  • In the top of the inning, the Beavers hit a solo homer to make it 5-2 ASU. With one out in the fifth, Cazares walked and advanced to second on a fly out from Rollin, putting a runner in scoring position for ASU. Cazares was locked in second to end the inning and the Sun Devils still held the 5-2 lead.

  • OSU hit another solo home run in the top of the sixth, but the Sun Devils still led 5-3 heading into their half of the sixth. Puk walked to start followed by a bag bunt by a pinch hitter Bella Loomis put Puk in a scoring position. Torres walked to put another Sun Devil on base but both runners were blocked to finish sixth. The match ended with a 5-3 win for Sun Devil.

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The Sun Devils return tomorrow, Saturday March 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Farrington Stadium in Game 2 of the weekend series. All games this weekend will be broadcast via ASU Live Stream.

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Alynah Torres

On today’s crowd

It’s amazing whenever we can get a good crowd. It helps us so much on the energetic side of everything, so whenever we can get a good crowd, that’s when we play at our best. We love the support and we love our fans.

On Mac performance

This kid is going to be so good. She’s only a freshman and she’s acting like she’s in fifth grade right now. She’s on fire right now and we’re going to get her back. I love playing behind her.

Ford Coach

On Mac’s First Pac-12 Boot

Mac did a great job. She’s a freshman starting her first Pac-12 game, a little baptism of fire, but I think she did a terrific job. She is a competitor and I think she will improve as she gets more opportunities.

Jaz Rollin

On team energy

Everyone is trying to go hard for Pac-12. The team was locked in and ready to seize every opportunity. We didn’t go there knowing we were going to have a hit. We expected this pitcher to go hard and we went just as hard.

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SIMPLE FACTS
• The Sun Devils are on an eight-game winning streak that includes home and away games.
• In their last seven games, the Sun Devils have hit 19 homers.
• In their last six games, ASU have outscored their opponents 49-4.
• Historically, ASU is 29-18 against the Beavers. The Sun Devils are looking to avenge the 1-2 series they lost last season.
• Five of the Sun Devils’ six most recent wins have ended in six innings or less.
• After hitting five home runs at the Sun Devil Classic, Yanni Acuna now leads the team in home runs with eight. The senior has also made her last 10 at-bats on base.
• Junior pitcher Lindsay Lopez not only leads the team with an ERA below one, but also has just one loss this season.
• Freshman Cyd Sanders leads the Sun Devils in RBIs with 27 this season. She’s also second on the team in home runs with seven. The rookie has also batted in her last 14 consecutive games.
• On the senior pitching season Marissa Schuld struck out 65 batters and walked just two.

PROGRAM
Game 1: Friday 3/18 6:00 PM MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream (won, 5-3)
Game 2: Saturday 3/19 4:00 PM MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream
Game 3: Sunday 3/20 1:00 PM MST Live Stats | ASU Live Stream

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